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I am a site manager in construction. I have been offered a

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I am a site manager in construction. I have been offered a new contract which states that my working hours are to be 40 plus per week. It then states that the hours are to be from 8 until 5. My previous contract stated that my hours were to be from 8 until 4.30.
What are the recognised and legal number of hours that an employee must work when on salary.

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Are you the only one affected by these changes?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.

Thanks. As far as the limits on working hours are concerned, the only relevant figure is a maximum of an average of 48 hours a week. This means that a worker should not be asked to work more than that average, unless they have opted out of this limit. The average is calculated on a rolling 17 week reference period, so it does mean that in some weeks they can work more than that as long as on average over a 17 week period they do not go over that amount. Also, only working time is included in this and for example travel time to/from work is not considered.

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